UofL's Mathiang named AAC Rookie of the Week

Louisville Men's Basketball's Mathiang Named Rookie of the Week

Redshirt freshman Mangok Mathiang had a season-high 13 points in the win over Western Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville freshman Mangok Mathiang has been named the American Athletic Conference's Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.

The redshirt freshman scored a season-high 13 points – 10 came in the first half – on 5-of-5 shooting. He grabbed five rebounds, four on the offensive end, in the win over Western Kentucky in addition to recording his team-leading 12th blocked shot.

Mathiang, who is averaging 4.6 points and four rebounds per game, is tied for 11th in the conference with 1.2 blocked shots per game. He is shooting 58.3 percent from the field.

Senior Russ Smith was named to the weekly honor roll after recording 14 points and 10 assists – his second double-double of that kind this season – against Western Kentucky.

Louisville concludes its five-game home stand on Tuesday against Missouri State (8-1). Tip at the KFC Yum! Center is set for 9 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Official release from UofL sports information